Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series (1976–2000)

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  1. Dana Delany

    Dana Delany


    Dana Welles Delany (born March 13, 1956) is an American film, stage, and television actress, producer, presenter, and health activist.

  2. Gillian Anderson

    Gillian Anderson


    Gillian Leigh Anderson (born August 9, 1968) is an American-English film, television and theatre actress and activist. Her credits include the roles of Special Agent Dana Scully in the long-running and widely popular series The X-Files, ill-fated socialite Lily Bart in Terence Davies' film The House of Mirth (2000), and Lady Dedlock in the successful BBC production of Charles Dickens' Bleak House.

  3. Sela Ward

    Sela Ward


    Sela Ann Ward (born July 11, 1956) is an American actress, author and producer, best known for her roles on television. During 1980s, she played supporting roles in films The Man Who Loved Women (1983), Nothing in Common (1986) and Hello Again (1987), before her breakthrough role as Teddy Reed in the NBC drama series Sisters (1991–96), for which she received her first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1994.

  4. Lindsay Wagner

    Lindsay Wagner


    Lindsay Jean Wagner (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Jaime Sommers in the 1970s television series The Bionic Woman (for which she won an Emmy Award), though she has maintained a lengthy career in a variety of other film and television productions since.

  5. Tyne Daly

    Tyne Daly


    Ellen Tyne Daly (born February 21, 1946) is an American stage and screen actress. She has won six Emmy Awards for her television work, a Tony Award and is a 2011 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.

  6. Edie Falco

    Edie Falco


    Edith "Edie" Falco (/ˈdi ˈfælk/; born July 5, 1963) is an American television, film, and stage actress, known for her roles as Diane Whittlesey in the HBO series Oz (1997–2000), as Carmela Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos (1999–2007), and as the titular character of the Showtime series Nurse Jackie (2009–2015).

  7. Mariette Hartley

    Mariette Hartley


    Mary Loretta "Mariette" Hartley (born June 21, 1940) is an American character actress.

  8. Sharon Gless

    Sharon Gless


    Sharon Marguerite Gless (born May 31, 1943) is an American character actress of stage, film and television, who is best known for her roles as Maggie Philbin on Switch (1975–1978), as Sgt. Christine Cagney in the police procedural drama series Cagney & Lacey (1982–1988), as Debbie Novotny in the Showtime cable television series Queer as Folk (2000–2005), and as Madeline Westen on Burn Notice (2007–2013). Gless has won two Emmy Awards and has received 10 Emmy nominations. She has won two Golden Globe Awards (in 1986 and 1991) and has received seven Golden Globe nominations. Gless received her own Star on the Walk of Fame in 1995.

  9. Michael Learned

    Michael Learned


    Michael Learned (born April 9, 1939) is an American actress, best known for her role as Olivia Walton in the long-running CBS drama series, The Waltons (1972-1979). She has won a record four Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series; three for The Waltons (1973, 74, 76), and one for Nurse (1982).

  10. Barbara Babcock

    Barbara Babcock


    Barbara Babcock (born February 27, 1923) is an American character actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as the sensuous Grace Gardner on Hill Street Blues for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress—Drama Series in 1981 and her role as Dorothy Jennings on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1993.

  11. Sada Thompson

    Sada Thompson


    Sada Carolyn Thompson (September 27, 1927 – May 4, 2011) was an American stage, film, and television actress.

  12. Barbara Bel Geddes

    Barbara Bel Geddes


    Barbara Bel Geddes (October 31, 1922 – August 8, 2005) was an American actress, artist and children's author, whose career spanned six decades. She was best known for her starring role in the television drama series Dallas as matriarch Miss Ellie Ewing. Bel Geddes also starred in the original Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in the role of Maggie. Her notable films included Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) and I Remember Mama (1948). She was the recipient of several acting awards and nominations throughout her career.

  13. Kathy Baker

    Kathy Baker


    Katherine Whitton "Kathy" Baker (born June 8, 1950) is an American stage, film and television actress, known for her leading and supporting performances in film and television.

  14. Patricia Wettig

    Patricia Wettig


    Patricia Wettig (born December 4, 1951) is an American actress and playwright. She received three Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for her role as Nancy Krieger Weston in the ABC television drama thirtysomething (1987-91).

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